Paramount has hired screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) to adapt the Lee Child suspense novel One Shot into a thriller, bringing child’s character Jack Reacher to the big screen for the first time. In the novel, Racher, a former military man who has become a policeman contends with an ex-infantry specialist who was arrested for shooting five people.
In the Hollywood Reporter‘s story, Josh Olson is quoted as saying, “I had just finished watching the first two Dirty Harry movies on Blu-ray, and I thought, ‘No one’s making movies like that anymore.’ It coincided perfectly. It’s just the kind of movie that I haven’t seen in a while. It’s a tough, smart, action-oriented thriller.”
The project is somewhat reminiscent of Mark Wahlberg’s Shooter, released by Paramount in 2007, which was an adaptation of Stephen Hunter’s “Point of Impact.”
Olson also has a reinvention of Frank Baum’s “Oz” series in development at Warner Bros.